The automotive world has now had a bit of time to digest Porsche’s completely-turbocharged range of 911s. Every 911 without the letters “GT” in its name will utilize forced induction for the foreseeable future. This, at first, generated a bit of a dilemma. However, when this news was first announced, the initial thought that popped into my head wasn’t “oh no, the 911 Carrera is turbocharged, it’s the end of the world!” My thoughts were actually more along the lines of “how are they going to differentiate the new 911 Turbo from the rest of the range, now that so many 911s have turbos?” It's now time to find out. After a few months of waiting, the revised flagship has finally been revealed.
The new 911 Turbo is powered by the same 3.8 liter flat-six as before, but is now (unsurprisingly) more powerful than its predecessor. The Turbo comes in two guises with slightly different power outputs. The standard Turbo now produces 533 horsepower, while the range-topping Turbo S puts out a McLaren 570S-shaming 572 horsepower. That power is sent to all four wheels through Porsche’s astonishingly quick PDK gearbox, allowing for a 0-60 time of 3 seconds dead for the Turbo and 2.9 for the Turbo S. Top speed sits at 199 for the Turbo and climbs up to a mighty 205 miles per hour in the Turbo S. Either way you go, you’re looking at a properly fast machine. Economical too, with the entire Turbo range capable of 30 miles per gallon.
Looks-wise, a few tweaks here and there allow onlookers to identify the new models from their predecessors. Revised front running lights make an appearance, along with new wheels, exhaust tips, tail lights, and engine cover. It’s a clear evolution of the previous model’s design, a strategy Porsche has used longer than I’ve been alive. It works too. Sure, it’s not the prettiest car on the road, but it’s far from the ugliest, and will undoubtedly turn heads at car meets and red lights all over the world.
To answer the question my initial thoughts posed, Porsche’s way of differentiating this car from the rest of the turbocharged 911 range was simple: take what was already stupidly quick and crank it up a notch. For years, the 911 Turbo has been admired as the car that can outrun some of the planet’s fastest supercars, all while having four seats and a pretty appealing price tag (when compared to the more exotic offerings it embarrasses). This new Turbo will be no different, and I look forward to seeing one tearing down the road sometime next year.